Newcastle University: Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment

InstitutionNewcastle University View institution profile
Department Newcastle University Business School
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Our Accounting, Finance and Strategic Investment MSc prepares you for a career in management accounting, financial planning or corporate investment.

About this course Strategic planning is an organisation’s process of defining its strategy or direction and making appropriate decisions on the allocation of resources to best achieve its objectives.

The course contains significant elements of finance and management accounting. It provides the necessary tools for quantitative assessment of corporate performance and investment opportunities.

What you'll learn You will cultivate a skill set that will enable you to influence financial and strategic decisions from inside a company. Management accounting and financial analysis each play a leading role in the development of these skills.

You will gain a strong foundation of financial knowledge and analytical skills. You will develop an appreciation of managerial decision making and investment.

Your development On completion of the course, you will be able to show practical skills and the ability to:

  • implement appropriate business strategies that optimise the financial interests of key stakeholders in various organisational environments

  • systematically collect, analyse and interpret data

  • provide advice about how to apply financial models, tools and techniques to improve organisational performance

  • understand and apply as appropriate product costing, budgeting, capital budgeting, and other management accounting techniques to make strategic decisions.

Accreditation This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Associate of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and provides you exemptions from professional examinations.

You have two options to choose from to join CIMA:

  • A gateway route which is an accelerated route which allows you to take the CIMA’s Master’s gateway assessment. Once successfully passed, you will be granted 11 exemptions from CIMA’s certificate, operational and management level exams.

  • A non-gateway route which provides you with the following exemptions:

  • BA1 Fundamentals of Business Economics

  • BA2 Fundamentals of Management Accounting

  • BA3 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting

  • E1 Organisational Management

  • P1 Management Accounting

  • P2 Advanced Management Accounting.

You will also be eligible for the following exemptions from Associate of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA):

  • F1 Accountants in Business

  • F2 Management Accounting

  • F3 Financial Accounting

  • F5 Performance Management (upon passing Performance and Decision Management (NBS8224) and Managerial Decision Making and Planning (NBS8233))

Read about our CIMA and ACCA exemptions on the Newcastle University Business School site.

Delivery The course is modular, comprising 180 credits.

You must also complete a dissertation, which takes the form of a consultant’s report. You will choose a company and use available information to produce your report along with recommendations on performance and strategy.

Facilities Newcastle University Business School is one of the largest Schools in the University. We have over 3,500 students representing over 93 nationalities. Our location and modern design creates a dynamic centre point for a valuable network of:

  • regional, national and international thought leaders

  • alumni

  • leading professions

Our facilities provide:

  • a flexible and dedicated conference suite with panoramic views across the city

  • Wi-Fi enabled connectivity throughout the building, including three computer clusters housing approximately 120 PCs

  • four large lecture theatres and 21 seminar rooms, providing comfortable teaching and group study space

  • a dedicated Hub and Base providing a balanced mix of study space and relaxation areas

  • a contemporary café.

View some of the Business School facilities.


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